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MotoGP 2014: MotoGP™ all set to touch down at Sepang


MotoGP™ Official Test Sepang 1
Monday, 3rd February

Tomorrow will see the much-awaited opening MotoGP™ test of 2014 as the field gathers in Malaysia. For the first time this year, Factory and Open machines will share the track as riders and personnel get to grips with new teams.

Tuesday will see the much-awaited opening MotoGP™ test of 2014 as the field gathers in Malaysia. For the first time this year, Factory and Open machines will share the track as riders and personnel get to grips with new teams.

Following on from the post-Valencia Grand Prix test in November that saw new bikes break cover for the first time, 2014 testing now begins in earnest with the traditional early-year trip to the Sepang International Circuit on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

Key terms this season are ‘Factory’ and ‘Open’, with the CRT label having now disappeared from the sport. Furthermore, the first Sepang gathering will mark one of only two occasions on which all teams and riders are able to share a race track for testing this pre-season, as the March Tyre Test at Phillip Island in Australia will feature only the official riders of the factory teams, with those in question then not taking part in the following test at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

At Sepang this week, Marc Marquez will continue development with Repsol Honda Team as he retains the number 93 plate, having elected not to take on the World Champion’s privilege of running number 1. On the other side of the garage, Dani Pedrosa will continue to adapt to no longer working directly with long-term mentor Alberto Puig. There are also staff changes for Valentino Rossi, as he resumes work with new Crew Chief Silvano Galbusera who replaces Jeremy Burgess.

For Ducati Team, 2014 is the start of a new era. Andrea Dovizioso reunites with former Monster Yamaha Tech3 team-mate Cal Crutchlow, as ex Aprilia guru Gigi Dall’Igna joins the outfit for what is hoped to be a dramatic turnaround in fortune over the next few seasons. The Italian, now in the role of General Manager for Ducati Corse, aims to start by improving communication between team members working at the circuits and those back at base in Bologna, Italy. Boosting the line-up for this test, Ducati Test Team rider Michele Pirro will also be in action at Sepang, as well as Yamaha Factory Test Team’s Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Wataru Yoshikawa plus HRC Test Team representative Kosuke Akiyoshi.

The satellite riders take on new challenges as well. LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl returns to Sepang for the first time since breaking his ankle during last year’s race meeting, while Tech3 field reigning Moto2™ World Champion Pol Espargaro – younger brother of Aleix – alongside Bradley Smith. Preparation for the test has been slightly disrupted for the French outfit, which two weeks ago suffered an untimely flood in its Bormes-les-Mimosas base. The satellites are completed by Alvaro Bautista with GO&FUN Honda Gresini and the Pramac Racing Ducati of Andrea Iannone. Both Gresini and Pramac have split their development, however, as second riders Scott Redding and Yonny Hernandez will race Open equipment. At the time same, Gresini is the only team on the grid to be competing with Showa suspension and Nissin brakes on both of its bikes.

For the first time ever, all bikes in the premier class are now running the Dorna-supplied electronic control unit (ECU) as part of the continued initiative to lower running costs in MotoGP™. Yet there are numerous subtle differences between Factory and Open specification bikes. The Open machines must also use the spec software supplied with the ECU by Italian firm Magneti Marelli, whereas Factory entrants are able to make use of their own programs. However, Open riders will be able to enjoy 12 engines per season, contrasting with the five powerplants of Factory bikes which are frozen in development and may not be modified during the season; with this in mind, engine management now becomes more critical than ever before. On top of this, Factories are constricted to running 20 litres of fuel across a race distance (one less than last year), while there are 24 for the Open riders.

Other exciting additions to the grid include four brand-new Honda RCV1000R customer bikes, to be ridden by Gresini’s Redding, Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham and the Drive M7 Aspar Team pairing of Hiroshi Aoyama and 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, who is competing on a Honda motorcycle for the first time in over five years. NGM Mobile Forward racing is running an FTR-Yamaha package including a lease engine deal; with this, the outfit will have five Yamaha engines per rider across the season (three new units and two rebuilds). Within the team, Colin Edwards is joined by Aleix Espargaro.

A total of five rookies are on this year’s grid, with former Moto2™ rivals Pol Espargaro and Redding accompanied by Britain’s Leon Camier (British Supersport and British Superbike title winner of 2005 and 2009, respectively) with IodaRacing Project, although the team is not testing this week. Australian Broc Parkes has signed up with PBM – with the team this year racing two own-built bikes for the first time – while France’s Mike di Meglio returns from an injury-affected 2013 to make his premier class debut with Avintia Racing.

The first Official MotoGP™ Test of 2014 will run between Tuesday and Thursday, with the Sepang track open between 10am and 6pm local time (GMT +8).

MotoGP™ 2014 pre-season testing schedule:

1.Feb 4-6: Sepang 1
2.Feb 26-28: Sepang 2
3.Mar 3-5: Phillip Island (Tyre Test)
4.Mar 7-9: Losail

MotoGP 2014: Monster Energy renews Le Mans and moves into Catalunya



Bradley Smith

Dorna Sports is pleased to announce that Monster Energy will continue to be the Title Sponsor for the Grand Prix de France with the Catalunya round also taking on its sponsorship on a multi-year deal.

Monster, whose name is by now synonymous with the MotoGP™ race held in France, will once again be clad in black and bright green tones, for the coming seasons. In addition to this, the energy drinks company will take on its second race as Title Sponsor in the form of the popular Barcelona round held at Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya.

The involvement doesn’t stop there however as Monster Energy will have a wide-ranging presence across other race events throughout the season with track-side advertising and banners throughout the circuit.

Mitch Covington, Vice President of Sports Marketing at Monster Energy, commented: “Monster Energy takes great pleasure in joining forces with DORNA at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya! This is an epic event for the racing community and is a great fit with Monster Energy’s efforts to help bring fans the best racing in the world. To be able to title a MotoGP event in Spain is a great honor and is a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight our brand and showcase our athletes”.

Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of Dorna’s Commercial Area, added: “We are delighted to renew the agreement with Monster Energy for the coming seasons as the Title Sponsor for the French Grand Prix, for which it has proved to be the perfect partner. On the other hand, the fact that it will become the Title Sponsor of a Grand Prix as important as Catalunya, shows that the relationship between MotoGP and Monster Energy is very fruitful and is firmly established. It is a brand that has been well integrated into the Paddock over the years, with many riders and teams already associated with the bright-green M.”

37 teams and 65 riders sign up for 2014 Moto2™ and Moto3™


MotoGP 2013 Press Release
Wed, 18 September 2013

Teams wishing to proceed with entries to the Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships of 2014 submitted their requests ahead of the first day of the Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini on Friday 13th September.

As is typical with these classes, the number of applications for entries greatly exceeded the number of vacant places on the grid. During the Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini event, all applications were considered by the Selection Committee which comprises of delegates from IRTA and Dorna. Provisional offers to participate have now been made to:

– 20 Moto2™ class teams with a total of 33 riders

– 17 Moto3™ class teams with a total of 32 riders

Those teams provisionally accepted now have until Friday 11th October, coinciding with the opening day of practice for the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, to lodge a security deposit in order to guarantee their entry and to reconfirm details of proposed riders.

An additional selection meeting will then take place at the Sepang International Circuit as an opportunity to review the applications and, in particular, to consider the proposed riders; further details on the 2014 entries will be made available after that meeting.

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Crutchlow the english recordman

giovedì, 6 settembre 2012
Il podio trovato dal pilota del team Monster Yamaha Tech3 a Brno segna un nuovo capitolo della storia del motociclismo britannico.

Tante belle gare, tante prestazioni convincenti e di livello, ma quello che Cal Crutchlow cercava da questa seconda stagione in MotoGP era il sapore del podio. Detto fatto perché a Brno il pilota inglese è diventato il primo di oltremanica a riuscirci da quando, nel 2002 si sono introdotti nel Campionato del Mondo i motori 4tempi. L’ultimo pilota britannico sul podio della classe regina era stato Jeremy McWilliams, terzo nella gara di Donington 2000, ai comandi di una Aprilia. Crutchlow diventa anche il secondo pilota inglese più giovane a trovare il podio della classe regina, alle spalle solo di Niall McKenzie a Laguna Seca nel 1988.

Sempre a Brno, il 35 di Yamaha, si era classificato in seconda posizione, risultato che pareggia quello di James Toseland nel 2008 in Qatar, al debutto. Considerando lo stato di forma, e le prestazioni importanti registrate anche nella giornata di test ufficiali sempre sul tracciato ceco, Crutchlow ha certamente le carte per ripetersi e migliorarsi, magari già a Misano.

Un altro obiettivo di Crutchlow sarà ridurre il vantaggio in classifica dal suo compagno di squadra Andrea Dovizioso, che per ora può gestire 28 lunghezze. Se Crutchlow dovesse superare l’italiano, o quantomeno sommare altri 19 punti da qui al termine della stagione, batterà il record del connazionale Niall McKenzie che nel 1990 fu 4º nel mondiale 500cc con 140 punti. · Crutchlow, recordman inglese.



Thursday, 6 September 2012
At the Czech Grand Prix, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow finished on the podium for the first time in his MotoGP™ career, setting a new milestone as far as British achievements in the premier-class of Grand Prix go.

The Brit, who had been close to the podium earlier in the season and has consistently shown the pace to challenge for it finally broke his MotoGP™ podium duck to become the first British rider on the step since the four-stroke formula was introduced in 2002. The last British rider to finish on the podium in the premier-class was Jeremy McWilliams, who finished third in the 500cc race at the British Grand Prix at Donington Park in 2000 riding an Aprilia. Crutchlow’s feat also made him the youngest British rider to be on the podium in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing since Niall Mackenzie finished third at Laguna Seca in 1988.

In addition, his grid position of second in Brno was also the best qualifying performance by a British rider in the MotoGP class since James Toseland was second fastest qualifier on his GP debut in Qatar in 2008. And following on from his blistering form in the official MotoGP test in Brno after the race, where he topped the timesheets, the Brit will no doubt be hopeful of repeating, if not bettering, his achievement when the grid descends on Misano in just over a week’s time.

He will also be motivated by wanting to close the gap to fourth placed teammate Andrea Dovizioso, who currently lies 28 points ahead in the championship. If Crutchlow, on 122 points, manages to catch the Italian or score just 19 points more this season, he would have broken compatriot Niall Mackenzie’s 1990 points record when he finished fourth in the final 500cc championship table with a total of 140 points.

FULL ARTICLE: · Crutchlow re-writes the record books.


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